The Top Creative Cities and Countries of 2018 According to Airbnb

The Top Creative Cities and Countries of 2018 According to Airbnb

As 2018 draws to a close, accommodation website Airbnb has dived into their data to reveal the most creative cities and countries from the year. Based on the percentage of hosts who are in the creative industries, the list builds on a previous survey by Airbnb which found that one in 10 Airbnb hosts and one in three Experience hosts identify as members of the creative community.

Read on below for the list of top creative countries and cities according to the new Airbnb study. For architects already planning a New Year’s getaway, check out an article we published of ten projects previously featured by ArchDaily, now available for booking through Airbnb.

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Top Country for Creatives: China

Wuxi Show Theatre / Steven Chilton Architects. Image © Steven Chilton Architects

From a list of 191 countries, China has emerged as being the most creative, with one in five hosts identifying with the creative industry. Airbnb attributes this to the growth of the Chinese middle class, which is resulting in a “new class of designers and craftspeople turning to Airbnb to express and share their creative pursuits and talents.”

Runners Up

  • Israel
  • Mexico
  • The Netherlands
  • Indonesia
  • Austria
  • Argentina
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Hungary

Top City for Creatives: Los Angeles

WDCH Dreams / Refik Anadol. Image © Refik Anadol

One in three Airbnb hosts in LA are members of the creative community, two-thirds of which say sharing their home makes ends meet. The city generated many major architectural stories throughout the year, from Frank Gehry’s Grand Avenue Towers beginning construction, to the city’s plans to repurpose its general hospital as affordable housing.

Runners Up

  • Tel Aviv
  • New York City
  • Amsterdam
  • Shanghai
  • Vienna
  • Milan
  • Mexico City
  • Berlin
  • Istanbul

Top City for Creative Experiences: Chicago

Chicago Federal Center / Mies van der Rohe. Image © Samuel Ludwig

The home of the skyscraper, Chicago tops Airbnb’s list as the city for creative experiences. Playing host to the works of famous architects past and present, from Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies Van der Rohe to SOM and Fosters + Partners, the Windy City is abundant with local artists sharing creative obsessions. Upcoming architectural events include the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial, opening in September 2019.

Runners Up

  • Nashville
  • Bologna
  • New York City
  • Copenhagen
  • London
  • Los Angeles
  • Paris
  • Berlin
  • Dublin

News via: Airbnb

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Cite: Niall Patrick Walsh. "The Top Creative Cities and Countries of 2018 According to Airbnb" 30 Nov 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

Tianjin Binhai Library / MVRDV + Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute. Image © Ossip Van Duivenbode


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